On January 22, Kyodo News and other media outlets reported that 31 people believed to have been involved in the unauthorized exchange of XEM were arrested and refer the case to prosecutors in the 2018 incident in which the crypto asset nem (XEM) was leaked from the crypto asset exchange Coincheck.

According to reports, the total amount of XEM that was illegally exchanged was about 18.8 billion yen at the rate at the time of the leak.

According to the Nikkei Shimbun’s interviews with officials, investigators have traced the leaked nem (XEM) and uncovered 31 people. The method of the investigation included identifying the identities of the users registered there when XEM was exchanged on regular Internet crypto asset exchanges.

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Bitbank, a Japanese crypto asset exchange, announced on January 20 that it will start handling the crypto asset Quantum (QTUM).

This is the first time that Bitbank has listed a new currency since it started handling Stellar Lumens (XLM) in September last year.

Bitbank is scheduled to start handling Quantum on January 27, and QTUM/JPY and QTUM/BTC will be added to the pairs handled by the cash exchange service.

Bitbank handles BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, MONA, XLM, and QTUM, bringing the total number of crypto assets it handles to eight.

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Japanese crypto asset exchange Coincheck announced on January 19 that it will start handling the crypto asset Enjin Coin (ENJ) on January 26.

Coincheck is the first to offer Enjin Coin in Japan.

With the addition of these new currencies, Coincheck now offers Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Risk (LSK), Factum (FTC), Ripple (XRP), Nem (XEM), Litecoin (LTC) Monacoin (MONA), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Quantum (QTEM), Basic Attention Token (BAT), IOST (IOST), and Engine Coin (ENJ) will be added to the list, bringing the total to 15. Coincheck offers the largest number of cryptocurrencies among Japanese crypto asset exchanges.

This is the first time Coincheck has announced a new stock since IOST was listed in September.

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